Monica DiNardo, PhD, ANP - Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion
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Monica DiNardo, PhD, ANP

CHERP COIN Investigator

Health Science Specialist

Adjunct Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Health Promotion and Development


Dr. DiNardo's research emphasis is on theory-based intervention studies to reduce psychological and behavioral barriers that impact self-care and outcomes in adults with diabetes. She has conducted several funded projects in the area of mindfulness meditation and stress reduction and developed a mindfulness training and practice intervention for veterans with diabetes. Her VA-funded study (NRI) is a randomized clinical trial that examines the efficacy of this intervention compared to routine diabetes self-management education for improving diabetes distress, self-efficacy, self-management, and metabolic control.

As a board certified nurse practitioner and certified diabetes care and education specialist, Dr. DiNardo provided many years of clinical service in diabetes management and education in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and served on national consensus panels for hypoglycemia and inpatient glycemic management. Dr. DiNardo completed her PhD from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Nursing in 2013 where she holds an adjunct faculty appointment. She serves on the VA Office of Nursing Services' Nursing Research Field Advisory Committee (Chair, 2019-2020), and is active on the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists research committee.

Research Areas

  • Theory-based Intervention


  • Nightingale of PA Scholarship Award
  • American Association of Diabetes Educators Research Foundation and Advanced Practice Community of Interest Scholarship Award